Join the festivities on December 4 at the Open House at the Heritage House. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and wraps up at 7:30.
Holidays and the Heritage House have become a Hazlehurst tradition and so too the use of alliteration in the name for the holiday theme. This year it’s Homemade Holidays with things homemade dominating the choice of performers and costumes. Scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. on December 4th, the front porch will again be used as a stage and after the performance the house is open to the public for tour and a warm cup of cider.
The Heritage House kids who attend the after school program will open the event. This year’s talent will include an all-male cast with dance and choir. The dance troupe choreographer, David Clay is a student at the Mississippi School for the Arts and will perform with the local dancers. The dance costumes are homemade by the troupe members with the help of Delaney Smith, a textile artist who attends graduate school at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. The choir, directed by James Hawkins, the award-winning choir director for Jim Hill High School, has again groomed young men for this performance with a special look back to days gone by.
The Homemade Jamz from Tupelo will be the featured artists. During the day, the young performers will make a showing at the Hazlehurst High School and follow with a second performance on the Heritage House stage. This group is renowned as the best young blues talent in the United States. In 2005 they won second place in the International Blues competition in Memphis and have gone on to make national and international appearances on the blues circuit. Appearing on 48 hours and Good Morning America the young musicians have found their way to the top. BB King says the 17-year-old Ryan Perry is better than he was at that age.
The event promises to be a night to remember come rain or shine. Along with the performances, the guests should enjoy selecting the best homemade gingerbread house that has been made by the Heritage House kids.